Angkor, in Cambodia’s Northern Province of Siem Reap, is one of the most important archaeological sites of Southeast Asia. A Unesco world heritage site, it extends over 400 square kilometres and contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations.With over two million visitors each year, what strikes me most is that Angkor can still give the traveller a true explorer’s feel. Of course taking your time and going well off the main trails helps a lot. I rented a bike for three days to explore the huge area. To get kind of lost and be fully alone amidst ruins peeping from underneath the centuries old trees. Immersed in the mystical atmosphere.Angkor, the largest religious monument in the world was recently in the news because people regularly lower their pants for nude pictures. They might very well have confused Angkor with the temples of Khajuraho in India, where the sexual practices at the time are depicted rather vividly.
At 6:30am we were waiting for him to arrive not knowing that they hadn't actually contacted him. We started to get a bit worried as most people had been collected as sunrise was only 40 minutes away and it takes 30 minutes to get to the temples. We asked the hotel to call the driver, he was on the other side of town but said he would race over here as fast as he could. Within 6 minutes he was with us and we got in the back of the tuk tuk and headed off to the temples. He was extremely apologetic as he had not collected us earlier but it wasn't his fault. To make up time he was racing as if there was no tomorrow. We began to overtake people who had left before us and we got to the temple with just a few minutes to spare. Although it was heaving with tourists, it was worth it and beautiful to see in the morning light. It is always worth making the effort to see beginning of the day at dawn. We walked around the temple for about an hour.
Angkor Main temple took us around 3 hours for completing it . It has inscription from Hindu Mythology sculpted on the wall. Churning of the ocean of milk, war involved by the king, etc are sculpted. The temple has 5 main towers. The entire view of the temple was astonishing. We are allowed to enter the top of the tower for the full view. The temple has a lake in front of it, which will add to its beauty during sunrise. The temple is a perfect example for Khmer architecture. Lots of sandstone and handwork has been made
Exploring Angkor WatIt was time to travel back in the past and walk down the lanes of Angkor, which is located in the outskirts of Siem Reap.Pro-Tip: The best option is to buy the 3 Days Ticket, so that you can have adequate time to explore all the temple, and there's no need to hurry!On the first day, I took all my time to just explore the main temple (the Angkor Wat) and some of the smaller temples like Banteay Kdei and Sa Srang.